RoBird® drone convinces bird flocks to move away from airports
By Patrick Miller
Patrick Miller explores the technological marvel that is RoBird®, which is responsible for a dramatic decrease in bird strikes at the Grand Forks International Airport.
“…RoBird®—a drone that looks and flies like a peregrine falcon—has dramatically reduced both the number of birds near the airport and number of bird strikes on manned aircraft. There were 34 bird strikes at the airport in 2016 and just 17 through mid-October this year. The number of birds in the area has dropped from around 5,000 in September to about 200 in late October…Ryan Riesinger, Grand Forks airport executive director, who has witnessed the Robird in action, observes,‘the way it flies like an actual bird is incredible, and that’s for good reason: they’re trying to draw on the natural instinct of the prey. The birds believe they’re seeing a peregrine falcon…’”
RoBird® continues to revolutionize wildlife management. Not only for airports and airlines, but also in the energy and mining sector, in agricultural settings, and in the defense sector.